Liquor store owner charged for defending store

Life is certainly tough for liquor store and corner dairy owners. Navtej Singh was shot dead in June, Nike defended himself with an air pistol in August, and this week we have had another attack.

Three shopkeepers had to be hospitalised after they were attacked with a knife after refusing a group of teens entry to their bottle shop.

But when the youths turned nasty, the shop owners decided to fight back with a hockey stick, leaving one of the alleged offenders beaten and bloodied.

Now, assuming the article is correct, it certainly sounds as though the shopkeepers were genuinely acting in self-defence, but the police are now laying charges against one shopkeeper. Now I expect the police believe he first acted in self-defence but went over the top, and wouldn’t want to pre-judge the case without knowing all the facts. But if I were defending my store against someone who had stabbed me in the leg with a knife, I expect I would get pretty violent too, you don’t exactly think rationally when someone has stabbed you in the leg.

I hope the police know something we don’t, because otherwise this sounds very worrying, if someone trys to attack you, and gets beaten up as a result, I would think they had got what they deserved, there seems little justification to prosecute anyone but the instigator.

This case will be very interesting.

EDIT: Now we have another attack. What is the country coming to?

National and Maori Party making deals?

One News has stated that at least one National candidate is telling voters if they won’t vote National, vote for the Maori Party. Winston Peters is chasing the Maori vote too, to try and get over 5%. This is concerning, because if Mr Peters gets over 5%, being ruled out of a coalition deal by National, it makes a change of government less likely.

No National candidate should be recommending people vote Maori:

  • The Maori Party is likely to gain more electorate seats than they would be entitled to according to their party vote, just as in 2005, so even though they will have seats the party votes will be wasted.
  • The Family Party has strong appeal to many Maori and Polynesian voters, and we could actually use these votes to get more candidates, to strengthen a National-led government.
  • Failing that, at least the votes could have been used by National or Act to change the government.

If we want to fix the poor policies of Labour over the past few years, Maori voters must vote for The Family Party, or failing that National or Act. Voting for the Maori Party will waste votes, and a vote for NZ First is a vote for Labour.